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Bunnies on The Bus

Authored by Philip Ardagh
Illustrated by Ben Mantle
Published by Walker Books

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Bunnies on The Bus is a great fun read written by Philip Ardargh and illustrated by Ben Mantle. The bunnies are off on a madcap ride through the busy streets of Sunnytown. Watch out as they zoom around corners, whizz past shoppers and shoot past parks! Don’t forget to watch out for two sneaky squirrels on the run through the town!

The rhyming text of this story make it a great class read aloud and it could also be used to inspire further writing in class. It’s bouncy rhythm, and use of rhyme and repeated phrases mean that pupils will take great delight in joining in as they become more familiar with the text.

The illustrations are engaging and inspiring. Pupils could very easily draw maps of Sunnytown or their own localities to serve as planning tools for their stories and even support locational knowledge in Geography lessons. They could choose to change the type of vehicle the bunnies travel in, or the animals they whizz past on their journey. The boom would lend itself well to alternate versions.

All in all, Bunnies on The Bus is brilliant fun with detail-filled illustrations and a bouncy rhythm to capture readers’ imaginations.